In 1953 James Watson and Francis Crick solved a mystery when they announced that every detail of living things is determined by an interwoven double helix of DNA. They discovered that organisms possess a genetic code and pass it along to future generations. My God, how great thou art!
Even more surprising is that genetic variation among all nations and groups of people is one-tenth of 1 percent (nature.com). All people on earth are 99.9 percent the same. There is one human race. That makes sense considering we have one Creator and a common set of parents. The differences among us are superficial. What shade of brown is our skin? What kind of round are our eyes?
The greater mystery is how we’ve made statistically insignificant differences monumental. We come to believe that nearly identical people are just not like us. Then minor differences get distributed geographically and become divisive.
Disciple Peter struggled with that kind of bigotry. He harbored resentment that the gospel was also for those filthy Gentiles. God told him, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean” (Acts 10:15). God made all people and made them his children through the blood of Jesus. There is no genetic or Christian reason for racial hatred. All have sinned and fallen short. All are redeemed by God’s love in Christ.
The most accurate label we can put on each other is brother and sister.
Jason had a career as a teacher, counselor, and leader. He has written and spoken extensively on a variety of topics related to the Christian life. He has been a contributing writer for Time of Grace since 2010. He has authored Grace Moments devotions and Straight Talk Books including, Help Me, Jesus; One Day Full of Grace; and When in Doubt. Jason lives with his wife, Nancy, in Wisconsin.
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